Luxury shopping, fine food and quality accommodation In London’s swanky Knightsbridge area – with a touch of culture.
Catch a tube from Heathrow airport on the Picadilly Line, alighting in the plush surrounds of either the South Kensington or Knightsbridge stations.
Take a cab from the station to Thurloe Place, to book into the Rembrandt Hotel, directly across from the Victoria and Albert Mursum and centrally located for the upmarket shops and restaurants of Knightsbridge and Chelsea.
After briefly unwinding at the Rembrandt, it’s advisable to check whether a dinner booking can be made at one of the many wonderful restaurants at Knightsbridge.
These include The Rib Room Bar and Restaurant, a legendary luxury facility in Knightsbridge’s Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel.
If you can get a booking there, you’re doing well.
Now, it’s time to hit the shops.
Head off on a 10 minute walk to Harrods .
This iconic London destination seems to constantly change – and, regardless of your age, it’s impossible to become weary of wandering among its 300 departments.
Once a grocery store, Harrods offers goods from around the world; all high quality and highlighted in stunning displays including a remarkable Egyptian Hall.
My personal favourite is to visit the store at night, when Harrods is said to be illuminated by 11,500 light globes (these days, many of them are energy efficient LEDs)
And,despite its traditional look, Harrods contains floor after floor of chic and trendy clothes, where you can find unique and ultra modern fashions mixed with old world glory and an overall sense of quality. Go mad among the racks.
For lunch, either try the Georgian Restaurant on the fourth floor at Harrods, or walk a few minutes further to another iconic London landmark, the grand store of Harvey Nichols.
Here, the store’s fifth floor restaurant will refresh, revive and send you off for an afternoon of shopping.
Located on the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloan Streets, Harvey Nichols is a magnet for fashionistas.
The store combines a stunning range of designers and boasts an elite clientele which favors Harvey Nichols for fine clothes, accessories, cosmetics, shoes and much more.
Back on the fifth floor, there is also a cafe where you can grab a mid-afternoon latte, before launching back into shopping.
Valentino, Versace and Tom Ford
Continue down Sloan Street to check out the luxury clothes and accessories at both Valentino and Versace, where the range of fragrances is eye-opening. Neither of these stores should be rushed.
Another prominent brand, Tom Fords, is also nearby, with striking mens and womens clothing.
Now, it’s back to the Rembrandt, for a quick drink in the lounge bar, before preparing for dinner.
Don’t miss the Rembrant’s breakfast, which is usually included with the room rate and has a great reputation among travellers.
Either enjoy a Full English breakfast, or a continental buffet.
After breakfast, head for the adjoining Aquilla Health and Fitness Club to pamper the body beautiful.
Start the day at the gym
There’s a fully equipped gym, a swimming pool, individual sauna and steam frooms, beauty rooms and an air conditioned studio.
Established for more than 20 years, Aquilla is well known for its range of services.
Guests of the Rembrandt can use the facilities at a reduced rate.
On weekdays, the centre is open from 7am.
Exercise the mind
Refreshed from the pampering at Aquilla, it’s time to check out of the Rembrandt, before rounding out our two-day Knightbridge stop-over by adding a dash of culture to the fine shopping and outstanding food.
So, head for another of the area’s best known establishments, the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The V&A is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects.
It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
The V&A covers 12.5 acres and 145 galleries.
Its collection spans 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa.
Alternatively, you can walk a few minutes further and visit the Science and Natural History Museum.